Reasonable limits

It is becoming apparent from varying reports about Uvalde that everyone but their parents and teachers let those kids down.

I’m thinking, too, that if law enforcement is now too scared to enter an active shooter-held building, we don’t have any option but to legally (and nationally) limit some things about guns, ownership / availability — and ammo — for the citizenry.

Earlier this morn, I Googled, “How many mass shooters were under 21?” What came back reflected more than that — like the fact that more than 40,000 people die from gun violence in America in a year, and that mass shootings are (were? I haven’t finished checking the morning’s news..) responsible for less than 1% of that figure.

1% of 40,000. Sounds small. It’s not, says Uvalde and Buffalo and so many others, no, it’s not. (And how do we not choke on that 40,000/year figure? This isn’t the wild west; we’ve widely become Chicago. Or, yes, Texas.)

It’s time to do our own homework and to demand that others do theirs –and to fund it: Research to date is still surprisingly minimal.

I can’t help but think of how back in my oldest teen years (18, 19), one could bank on supporting oneself fully right out of high school. Unfortunately, 18 was also the draft age and one could legally die from lung cancer at home (tobacco purchase) as well as from battlefields.

Things have changed dramatically, mostly in bad ways. Kids are angry, scared, bored and yes, radicalizable. It’s entirely possible, especially with the steady advent of Internet abuse, that they feel uncared for as well as powerless (/to change their lives).

As always, teen years are confusing, perhaps moreso than ever. I don’t know anyone who would gladly return to their teen years, but I can’t help thinking today’s 18 year old male is yesterday’s 15- or 16-year old male, which to me as parent and grandparent, seemed the height of confusion, rebellion and anger.

We would not expect adulthood of 15 or 16 year olds, and it may be wise to stop expecting that of America’s 18-year olds. They can’t even find jobs that would support them, nor affordable further schooling.

21 may not be a much better age to be than a teen, as it was for me and everyone I know, but it can’t hurt to let some time pass between childhood and adulthood, now, too.

Hopefully, there’ll never be another mandatory teen draft, and we now protect the young from tobacco and alcohol as best we can before the age of 21; let’s also better protect them (and others whom they may think they hate or see as enemies) from the also proven killer that guns are.

I stopped looking after the first two articles that informed/made sense. Here‘s the other one for now.

May God protect us all today.

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2 Comments

  1. lois says:

    And the police have stopped cooperating with the investigation? Oh, and the teacher DID close the door, after all? Those poor children were let down by everyone who was there to protect them. I cannot imagine being one of the parents and trying to process all of this. Shameful.

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    1. My God, Lois, we protected our babies in our wombs, and as toddlers, too. Day in and day out. We taught them the golden rules as well as they could understand as little children, and cried when we sent them off to school that first year, for they were entering a world that would not love them unconditionally. But we expected them to be protected at the most basic physical level. We expected them to come home. Alive. πŸ’”

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